Seventy four per cent government school students studying in Class VI could not read a paragraph from their Hindi textbook, 67 per cent could not do simple three digit by one digit division and 75 per cent children could not read a basic Class II level English story. These findings, released on Monday, were part of an assessment by the Delhi government to evaluate students and categorise them based on their level of proficiency and ability to meet the expectations of the academic level that they are studying at.
The data was compiled based on 2,01,997 students of Class VI from 1,011 schools recognised by the Directorate of Education. The assessment was conducted following the launch of the Delhi government’s Chunnauti 2018 policy, which is aimed at enabling students studying in government schools, especially Class IX students, to overcome the problems faced by them due to adverse effects of the ‘No Detention Policy’.
It was conducted by teachers between July 14 to 16 in the form of a handwritten test for students of classes VII-IX who scored more than 33 per cent in the Combined Summation Assessment of their previous class. The test had five questions each of Hindi, English and Math and assessed comprehension, application and problem-solving skills. Hindi and English Reading are sub-categorised into five common levels — beginner, letter, words, paragraph (Class I level competency) and story (Class II level).
For students in classes VI, VII and IX who scored less than 33 per cent in the assessment of their previous class, an oral one-on-one for basic reading (Hindi and English) and Math competency was assessed. In the first round, online data entry of Class VI children was done by the schools. Data entry of Class VII to IX is likely to be completed soon.
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